Uganda Cranes commenced Monday preparations for the two 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying matches with a residential camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel, Kisasi.
Twenty two of the 33 players summoned by coach Milutin Sredojevic alias Micho took part in the first training sessions at Fast Fusion Indoor Facility and gym , Bugolobi and Kampala Quality playground.
Speaking after the training,Micho told Fufa official website that he had been impressed with the competition exhibited by the players and described the start as “brilliant’.
“I am very impressed by the commitment and character of the players in attendence. This is a great start ahead of our first game in the 2023 AFCON Qualifier. The fitness levels of these players is based on the successful completion of the league after two years of non sporting activities,” said Micho.
Micho promised to give chance to all players both local and foreign as ways of promoting capable and talented Ugandan players.
However, like he has done in most cases, the Serbian tactician invited to the team a number of players who were originally not named in the squad.
They include Ibrahim Juma ,Travis Mutyaba,Oscar Mawa , Emmanuel Kalyowa, Saidi Kyeyune and Denis Otim and all of them trained alongside the 22 players that reported to camp on the first day.
He was being assisted by Moses Basena and the goalkeeping coach, Fred Kajoba.
Uganda will open her campaign with an away fixture against Algeria on 4th June in Oran followed by a home game four days
later (8th June) against Niger at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
Players who were originally summoned:
Lukwago Charles( St. George-Ethiopia), Bellagambi Giousue( Huddersfield Town, England), Alionzi Nafian, (URA FC ,Uganda)
Bwomono Elvis (IBV Iceland), Kizito Gavin(SC Villa, Uganda), Begisa James(UPDF FC, Uganda), Muleme Isaac(Viktoria Zizkov Czech Rep), Kayondo Abdu Azizi( Real Monarchs, USA), Mugabi Bevis(Motherwell, Scotland), Awanyi Timothy, Ashdod, Israel), Lwaliwa Khalid(Vipers SC, Uganda), Ramadan Musa(Cincinnati, USA), Mulondo Livingstone(Vipers SC, Uganda), Walusimbi Enoch(Express FC,Uganda)
Aucho Khalid(Yanga ,Tanzania), Byaruhanga Bobosi(Vipers SC, Uganda), Youngman Marvin(Bright Stars, FC Uganda), Serwadda Stephen(New York Red Bulls, USA), Mutyaba Muzamil(Kyovu Sports, Rwanda), Mato Rogers (KCCA FC, Uganda), Miya Faruku(Lviv Ukraine), Okello Alan(Paradou, Algeria).
Karisa Milton(Vipers SC, Uganda), Aliro Moses, (Wakiso Giants FC, Uganda), Kiwanuka Hakim, (Proline FC ,Uganda), Yiga Najib(Vipers SC,Uganda), Kyambadde Alan(Gouna, Egypt), Kizza Martin, (Express FC, Uganda), Okwi Emanuel(Kiyovu Sports, Rwanda), Bayo Fahad(Bnei Sakhin, Israel), Kakooza Derick( Valmiera, Latvia), Anaku Sadat(KCCA FC, Uganda), Shaban Mohamed(Onduparaka FC, Uganda).